Kerry C. and Noble are the third team to graduate from the MO Warrior Angels program. The team graduated on November 22, 2013.
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Gatesville, TX, October 29, 2013 - Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet proudly announce the first two Warriors’ Angels certified Teams, Brandon/Buddy and William/Harley from Rolla, MO. The Warriors’ Angels (WA) program was initially introduced and implemented as a pilot program in Rolla, MO on 4/1/2013 close to the Fort Leonard Wood Warrior Transition Unit helping our service members going through the WTU who have been medically diagnosed with PTSD.
Susan Hinkle, the program’s Liaison volunteer representing Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet in MO oversees and covers the various coordination efforts involved between Team’s Handler (service member or veteran), their Primary Care Manager, the assigned program Trainer who provides the training in preparation for the program’s certification exam, and the AKC CGC certified Tester who provides the Warriors’ Angels Certification Exam.
Per Linda Spurlin-Dominik, Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet CEO, though there is no official federal or state regulated certification exam at this time for these Teams, we established the Warriors’ Angels program and its Certification exam based on the standards and criteria defined by the International Association of Assistance Dog Partners (IAADP.org) related to the ADA (American Disabilities Act) minimum 3 task that mitigates the Handler’s disability, the AKC Canine Good Citizenship (CGC) 10-step program, and the Assistance Dog International (ADI) member organizations’ recommended Public Access Test (PAT). Linda also on behalf of Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet Jess Storie, owner of Patriot Kennels, Inc., Waynesville, MO as the SW MO training service provider and Jessi Queen, owner of Canine Connections in Rolla, MO, who provides the program’s defined Certification Exam.
Organization Makes Plans to Expand Program to Texas
Plans are underway by the Organization’s national office to implement the Warriors’ Angels (WA) program around January 1, 2014 in the state of Texas covering south Texas in the San Antonio area and Central TX covering areas of Fort Hood, Austin, Killeen, Temple, Belton, and Waco via the Army’s Warrior Transition program and the VA medical centers. The pilot program for TX is being developed, promoted, and will be implemented via volunteers, Linda Spurlin-Dominik, President/CEO MVP Sanctuary – TX, Cherie Boudreaux, TX Director acting as the program’s TX Liaison covering San Antonio and surrounding area involved with recruiting qualified Trainers/Certification Exam Testers, fulfilling volunteer roles of Assistant Liaison, Outreach Liaison, and Admin Assistant. Temporarily Linda will cover the Central TX area in recruiting volunteers (Assistant Liaison, Outreach Liaison roles) and overseeing the develop of the Warriors’ Angels “Training Facility” to be located at the Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet national office located in Coryell County south of Gatesville and west of Fort Hood. In addition, Cherie and Linda will be involved with fundraising efforts. The determined cost per Team averages $2500 and program related expenditures (promotional materials, outreach efforts, program volunteer ID cards, etc.) determined to be $1,000 per quarter. Cherie and Linda goal is to raise up $25,000 by January 1, 2014 so we have sufficient funds on hand to take at least 10 applicants initially between San Antonio and Central Texas.
Questions related to the Warriors’ Angels program and how to make donations to the program (covering the states of MO and TX) may be directed to Linda via the program’s main email address: email@example.com
The Warriors’ Angels program was developed in support of service members and veterans who have been medically diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and official recommendation has been received by Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet that an Assistance Service Canine (ACS) will help improve the service member/veteran’s quality of life.
About Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet©:
An ALL volunteer 501c3 Military and Veterans Support Organization supporting our active duty military, wounded warriors, veterans, and their beloved pets with programs to ensure these beloved pets are reunited with their owners following a deployment (combat or peacekeeping or humanitarian mission) and/or an unforeseen medical and/or homeless hardship. Also supporting our service members and veterans diagnosed with PTSD needing a specially trained assistance canine enhancing the service member/veteran’s quality of life.
Gatesville, TX – Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet today received the GuideStar Exchange Gold participation level, a leading symbol of transparency and accountability provided by GuideStar USA, Inc., the premier source of nonprofit information. This level demonstrates Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet’s deep commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability.
“We have worked hard to showcase our progress toward our mission, and our long-held belief in being transparent about our work, to our constituents,” said Linda Spurlin-Dominik, CEO. “As a GuideStar Exchange participant, we use their platform to share a wealth of up-to-date information about our work to our supporters and GuideStar’s immense online audience of nonprofits, grantmakers, individual donors, and the media.”
In order to be awarded the GuideStar Exchange logo, Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet had to fill out every required field of our nonprofit report page on http://www.guidestar.org for the Gold level of participation.
“I encourage you to check out our profile on GuideStar to see what we’re all about,” added Ms. Spurlin-Dominik. “We are engaged in exciting initiatives, and we are thrilled to have another platform for communicating our advancement and progress.”
About the GuideStar Exchange
The GuideStar Exchange is an initiative designed to connect nonprofits with current and potential supporters. With millions of people coming to GuideStar to learn more about nonprofit organizations, the GuideStar Exchange allows nonprofits to share a wealth of up-to-date information with GuideStar’s many audiences. Becoming a GuideStar Exchange participant is free of charge. To join, organizations need to update their report pages, completing all required fields for participation. The GuideStar Exchange level logos, acknowledged as symbols of transparency in the nonprofit sector, are displayed on all Exchange participants’ nonprofit reports.
About Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet
Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet© is an ALL volunteer 501c3 Military and Veterans Support Organization supporting our active duty military, wounded warriors, veterans, and their beloved pets with programs to ensure these beloved pets are reunited with their owners following a deployment (combat or peacekeeping or humanitarian mission) and/or an unforeseen medical and/or homeless hardship. Also supporting our service members and veterans diagnosed with PTSD needing a specially trained assistance canine enhancing the service member/veteran’s quality of life.
Gatesville, TX July 14, 2013 – Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet Board of Directors announces they have approved MVP Sanctuary – TX to become an affiliated entity under the organization’s IRS “Group Exemption Letter” (GEL) effective retroactively back to July 1, 2013.
In February 2007, Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet announced a new major project known as “Military, Veteran, and Pet” (MVP) Sanctuary. In June 2010, land was purchased outside of Gatesville, TX to establish the first MVP Sanctuary and an official National office to handle the organization’s “day-to-day” operations. In May 2013, the MVP Sanctuary Project Director presented a proposal to the Board recommending that the MVP Sanctuary project in TX be changed to be its own entity and known as the MVP Sanctuary – TX as of July 1, 2013.
In addition besides the MVP Sanctuary – TX developing, raising funds, implementing, and maintaining various projects, it will be involved with the following:
- Assisting with promoting the Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet mission and programs.
- Establishing the Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet National office and MVP Sanctuary – TX administrative office.
- Assist Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet “Foster Home” program via the private pet care facility when a short-term home-like environment needed where a foster home (Guardian Angel) is available when needed.
- Provide a caring and safe home-like environment via the private pet care facility for TX military and/or veterans’ pets on an emergency basis where care is needed for a period not to exceed 30 days.
“We look at this as an opportunity to further the organization’s mission in the state of Texas by giving additional support to the military and veteran community.” said Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet Board President, Jessica Semon.
Linda Spurlin-Dominik, MVP Sanctuary – TX Board President/CEO added, “Once we have our committees in place to develop, raise the necessary funds, and implement the various projects to enhance the property, we look forward to better serving the community by having events and providing a safe and welcoming place for military, veterans, their families, and pets to spend time together.”
Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet is an ALL volunteer 501c3 nonprofit “Military & Veterans Service Organization” (MVSO) supporting our active duty Military, Wounded Warriors, homeless Veterans, and their beloved Pets to ensure the pets are reunited with their owners following a deployment related to a combat or peace-keeping or humanitarian mission or unforeseen medical and/or homeless hardship situation through various programs.
MVP Sanctuary – TX is an ALL volunteer 501c3 Military & Veteran Support Organization (MVSO) for honoring, remembering, and supporting our active duty military, wounded warriors, veterans, their families, and beloved pets through various activities and events at the Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet TX property.